The Design Of The Buddhist Altar Cloth

Publisher Mitsumura Suiko Shoin

ISBN 9784838105618

Idea Code 20369

The history of textiles in Buddhist temples for both decorative and practical purposes is extensive. Whether woven or embroidered, brightly coloured silks and other fabrics serve as canopies, banners, or wall hangings, but also as covers for altars or to embellish garments. This volume explores the many motifs used for the altar cloth, a piece of fabric often placed on altars and side tables near the main image in a Buddhist hall. Altar cloths initially borrowed heavily from traditional Chinese motifs – geometric patterns, auspicious symbols, dragons, phoenixes, flowers – but later developed to represent Japanese decorative forms, as reflected in the variety of this collection.

320 p, ills colour, 13 x 16 cm, pb, Japanese/French & English introduction


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